Many news outlets wrongly reported that John Lewis was the last surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This ignores the Black women who worked to organize the march and fought for even a few words at the microphone.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
The Atlantic presents photographs from this weekend's March on Washington.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Holding a mass march for civil rights and social justice at a time of political division is risky. That's what they said in 1963. For leaders hoping to renew a call to national action, COVID and the election raise the stakes even higher.
by Michael K. Honey
Racism and poverty are still endemic in America.
SOURCE: Contra Costa Times
BERKELEY -- Clayborne Carson was 19 when he ignored warnings about the dangers and propensity for violence before hitching a ride with the Indianapolis NAACP to attend the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago this month.The threats didn't deter him from becoming a part of the largest political rally for civil rights in U.S. history and witnessing Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial."I decided that I was going to go, and I wasn't going to tell my parents," Carson said. "They found out later."Two decades later, Carson would receive an unexpected phone call from Coretta Scott King asking him to serve as the editor of the King's Papers project....
by Jeff Roquen
Martin Luther King: "Why aren't we free? Because we are poor."
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